Sheriff: Vehicle full of teens was going nearly 100 mph

A vehicle full of teens was speeding more than 40 mph over the limit in McHenry County when it was stopped early this morning, which might have saved six young lives, officials said.

McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said speeding is a contributing cause in many fatal traffic crashes, and this vehicle  contained six people under the age of 18 when it was pulled over for going 95 mph at 5:15 a.m. on eastbound Ill. Route 176 near Marengo.

The speed limit in that area is 55 mph, he said.

The 17-year-old driver from Marengo was cited with speeding more than 40 mph over the speed limit, operation of an uninsured vehicle, driving during restricted time with a graduated driver's license, and having more than one passenger under age 20 while driving with a graduated driver's license.

The teen was released to the custody of his mother, the sheriff said.
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